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Obras por Wells Tower

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The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 410 exemplares
The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004) — Contribuidor — 262 exemplares
McSweeney's Issue 30 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern): Rejoice! (2009) — Contribuidor — 189 exemplares
20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker (2010) — Contribuidor — 168 exemplares
McSweeney's Issue 32: 2024 AD (2009) — Contribuidor — 145 exemplares
The Best of McSweeney's {complete} (1800) — Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015 (2015) — Contribuidor — 105 exemplares
McSweeney's Issue 44 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2013) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Best American Magazine Writing 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Sex and Death: Stories (2016) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
New Stories from the South 2010: The Year's Best (2010) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Best Food Writing 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Tower, Wells
Data de nascimento
1973
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Locais de residência
New York, VS
Educação
Wesleyan University
Columbia University
Ocupações
short story writer
non-fiction writer
Organizações
GQ

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3.5 couple of good stories/some good lines
 
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Mcdede | 61 outras críticas | Jul 19, 2023 |
I read it and thought Hmm, Barry Hannah Jr. Then I read he’d studied with him. But I already own a ton of Barry Hannah.
 
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71737477 | 61 outras críticas | Apr 12, 2023 |
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned certainly lives up to its title. Wells Tower’s collection of stories is nearly all about people whose lives have been blighted by fallings-out with family or loved ones.

Most of the stories are about a particular incident, and usually end with no resolution, and not even a suggestion of a hopeful outcome. You sometimes sense an ellipsis lurking behind his endings; there is more to this, but he’s not sharing it. Characters have little back-story, which is fair enough in a short story, but it leads them to be a little one-dimensional. One story I did like was In the Show about a single night in a funfair. It’s full of incident with quite a few characters getting attention, and more background filled in than Tower usually gives us. It’s stronger as a result, but still has a little bit of that ellipsis lurking at the end.

The eponymous story is the last in the collection and unusual in that it is a piece of historical fiction rather than set in the contemporary USA. It’s a story about some Viking raiders setting out on a voyage to pillage Lindisfarne. It’s an interesting idea for a story, and I was getting quite engaged until Tower fatally marred it with risible anachronisms like “gung-ho motherf***er” and “hassle”. There’s no excuse for horrible writing like that, and both Tower and his editors should hang their collective heads in shame.

Since I really only enjoyed one story in this collection, I can’t say I recommend it particularly. Maybe others might get ore out of Tower’s writing than I did. I think his stories lack the humour and style that might lift them above the pack in the manner of, say, Tony Birch. Instead, he has just written a collection of very downbeat, sometimes silly stories that would only appeal to somebody who needs a darn good depressing.
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gjky | 61 outras críticas | Apr 9, 2023 |
Note to self: David Sedaris says " in terms of 'great' as in 'this person seems to have reinvented the English language', I'd say [Towers' book]. What an exciting story collection it is, unlike anything I've come across. "
April 15 NYTBR
 
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TeresaBlock | 61 outras críticas | Feb 14, 2023 |

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Obras
13
Also by
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Membros
1,033
Popularidade
#24,928
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Críticas
62
ISBN
26
Línguas
13
Marcado como favorito
4

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